by John and Ruth Greene
“I was young and am now old. I have not seen the righteous forsaken, his child begging for food.” – Psalm 37:25, direct translation
These are words of real trust, the kind of trust that you and I need. YHWH looks after the needs of His people. He also looks to the righteous to help brothers and sisters in Messiah when they need it, just as YHWH’s people did in the Book of Acts as the Holy Spirit led disciples to share in common. (Acts 4:32-37; John 13:35) The Father will not forsake His children and He expects His children to look after one another in the same way. This is the compassion that YHWH expects His people to possess, borne of agape or brotherly love. Even in the old nation of Israel this kind of love was supported. When His people were obedient, there was enough provision for all, regardless of standing and station. (Amos 2:6-7) YHWH had promised that if Israel kept His commands, they would be so favored that no poor would exist. (Deuteronomy 15:4-11)
Yahshua [Jesus] admitted that the poor would always be among us in the world, proving that the world of man would never wholly accept the Gospel of Truth. (Matthew 26:11) Many governments today have developed their own provisions for helping the poor, but this must not limit brothers and sisters in Messiah that are in reach of one another. Remember that disciples of the Messiah are members of YHWH’s Kingdom first and foremost. That is the case with you, isn’t it? Everything else is second or your eternal future is in jeopardy. (Matthew 6:33) Many churches and humanitarian organizations claim to look after others. Some even provide overcooked, nutritionally devoid and tasteless prepared food for those poor souls that struggle with physical poverty and homelessness. Even the provision by those that claim to help does not absolve a Christian from extending agape love to those that he or she can see that need assistance.
In ancient Israel, the poor could glean the fields to support themselves. Not so for most poor, sick and disabled in this day. They must have their hands out in order to survive legally in this modern world. Many times, governments cause more problems than they solve because leaders often fail to account for how ‘law’ will be interpreted and applied over time, which further hurts the ones that they say they want to help. The poor, sick and disabled are often hapless victims of society and ‘rule of law.’ They are often seen as political tools by others of those in power. True agape love is not something that the world knows or understands. Even worse, YHWH is no longer seen as the provider. Instead man provides and owns things that are his own. The world expresses ‘hope’ as the stuff from which ‘faith’ originates, even as they possess neither.
As a result of the ‘just rule of law,’ impoverished men and women are often robbed to sustain the state. In many cases, this is done to put money in the hands of greedy jezebels that keep their children as a means to live. Single-parent families are encouraged so that the state can be empowered as the husband of the family, even as lazy women are encouraged to make demands for what they see as their share. State oppression is prevalent against non-custodial parents of children. As an incentive, states receive twice the amount collected for child support to enrich government corporations of the court. The poor are those hit hardest. They cannot afford to defend themselves, nor can they protect themselves against the abuse of the state. Parents are forced to support children in the name of family that are no longer truly family.
Instead, a new age of governance wholly supports the distortion of the family. Through law and the wiles of evil uncontrolled emotions, families are summarily dismantled and separated. The carnage against those in wealthier nations is substantial and unsustainable, a new kind of growing taxation for the promotion of ‘children’s rights’ by United Nations treaty as children quietly become property of the state. Slave-money is gathered for the care of ‘children’ for the benefit of the welfare state, all of which is funded by federal taxpayer dollars. In the case of the United States, these are dollars that have already been spent overseas on war and on an invisible government that expands behind a cloak of secrecy. This is a cost that the current regime cannot truly support as a nation of ‘patriots’ is told that their ‘dream’ is to work hard and to do their part. In this age of technology, a man or woman is forced to live as a slave to the past, which is held against him or her forever. There is no jubilee year, nor is there forgiveness. Credit agencies and the family court system have become terrorist organizations in a corporate environment where less and less people can sustain themselves. If this seems too radical for you to believe, just know that this is the growing corporate governance that Bible prophecy foretells. (“Bible Prophecy & the Rise of the Corporation“)
The proud governance of the United States, the most notorious ‘Christian nation,’ sends large amounts of funding overseas. Part of this involves sending freshly-manufactured food in meticulous freshly-printed patriotic-themed boxes, even in time of national bankruptcy and crisis. To afford this largess, more money is printed, but only for spending as they see fit (like bolstering image). Because of flagrant monetary spending and abusive practices that YHWH forbids, government takes funds from what could otherwise help poor countrymen, while borrowing continually against the labor and value of future generations. Very often, the poor of ‘wealthy nations’ suffer much. They often force poor countrymen to eat substandard, aged, tasteless and bug-ravaged food, the leftovers of the kitchens and closets of America. They do so because millions in Africa and other unnamed places allegedly suffer more. Plenty of corporate charities show up for the occasion, claiming to help those that are suffering as they pad their own pockets, enriching their corporate structure and continuance into the future. Who is really looking into helping genuine brothers and sisters of the Messiah who are not pretenders? Even worse, the world has been allowed to blur the lines of what a Christian is, calling for a new humanitarian order.
We encourage you to be alert to those that you can help. They may attend ‘church,’ but many have been forced to leave the church in order to separate from false teaching and to keep spiritually awake in an age of spiritual slumber. As a matter of fact, you may know of some people like this. You may or may not agree with their private stand for YHWH. But are you spiritually awake, ready for the return of the Messiah? Keep in mind that in this time, many ‘churches’ are simply institutions of man that feed into the ‘rule of law,’ which puts most honest-hearted active Christians that actually seek to do the Will of the Father outside the professed authority of a local religious institution. The proliferation of tax-free corporate churches (in the US) that run under the power of the state actually works to defeat the foundations of true Christianity. This has put many well-meaning professed Christians under the rule of the state through the church. Constantine used ‘Christianity’ as a tool to expand an empire, just as others have done through the ages as they further political goals to further power.
The church and government are not the gods of disciples of Messiah. Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah is your High Priest. Remember that as a disciple, you have a higher calling than being ruled by an institution of man, whether it operates inside or outside of scripture. Keep your eyes open for decent people that are showing some Christian spiritual fruit, those that need the agape love that others claim to be offering. Christians are to be generous, not miserly and tight-fisted. They don’t expect to be paid back or to achieve some level of recognition in exchange.
Your personal ministry is part of your relationship with YHWH. You will know Christians by their fruit, which works the same for all people. (1 Corinthians 13:1-13) YHWH’s people do not see in terms of ‘what they own.’ All belongs to the Father. Genuine agape love is expressed as generosity, the kind of generosity that doesn’t seek favoritism or any brand of selfishness. (1 John 4:8; John 21:15-17) A genuine Christian has a complete understanding of what he or she owns, which is absolutely nothing. YHWH is the Creator and Owner of all things. Disciples are managers that are answerable to YHWH as to how they use what is in their circle of influence. Christians need to hold the love of YHWH with a pure heart, inspired by the Holy Spirit to have a genuine loving concern for His Kingdom. In the same way, sin always corrupts purity of heart, creating grudges and conceit. All need to pray for forgiveness, as they spread their forgiveness abroad to others, fortified by the Holy Spirit. (Romans 5:5)
In the famous parable, the rich man and his brothers lived in man’s world with hard hearts. As prominent Jews, they had the written Word of ‘Moses and the Prophets,’ the scripture of that day as the cure for their hard hearts. According to Abraham in the parable, even the alarming sight of the resurrected dead could not motivate the brothers of the rich man to operate in YHWH’s Will. That is the spiritual state of multitudes today. Scripture is here for the admonition of those that will consider it. Are you in the righteousness of YHWH? (Matthew 7:15-20; Luke 16:14-15, 19-31; “The Truth About the Rich Man & Lazarus”; “YHWH’s Track of Righteousness”)
Christians are to give to each other out of pure motives. When Christians give to one another, they learn to share agape love which always builds unity. The inability or unwillingness to act in giving to other Christians shows the state of sin that entraps you. Selfishness creates an unworthy gift that springs from a corrupt heart. (Acts 5:1-11) Those that imitate the example of the Messiah in the treatment of others will be blessed. (John 13:4-17) Those that try to deceive YHWH will receive judgment. When you help Christians that need that help, relationships are built that would never exist. Pure and generous giving are contagious as all receive a fuller measure of YHWH’s favor, as attitudes of the heart and mind are cleansed and given over to the Holy Spirit in submission to YHWH. YHWH’s people owe others nothing except for brotherly love. (John 13:34-35; Mark 12:28-30; Luke 10:27; 1 John 4:7, 18; Galatians 5:22-23; Romans 13:8-10; “The Secret Weapons of Christians“) May this be done so the words of Yahshua [Jesus] will not be forgotten:
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16
Even then, Christians are commanded to greater things:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?” – Matthew 5:43-48
Christians are commanded to love and greater works despite the climate of the world [kosmos]. (John 15:9, 12-13, 15, 17:6, 26; Matthew 22:37-40, 24:12) The world intends to use this scripture as a tool to unite a new order of humanitarianism. Christians must not be fooled by false love or the lure of world unity under man. May all disciples of Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah be completed by the Word of YHWH, which is the Messiah, coupled with the power of the Holy Spirit, seeking to be cleansed and purified in these last days while there is still time. (Matthew 4:17, 18:14, 24:4-5; 2 Timothy 3:1-4, 13)